Together with architecture and design studio Russell & George, James Richardson Furniture (JRF) has crafted the playful and considered Lil Chair. With the relaxing ambience of a traditional armchair and born of a spirited collaboration, the Lil Chair is cleverly scaled to serve as a luxurious place to settle while remaining petite and contemporary.
Epitomising the exacting design experience of its creators, the customisable Lil Chair speaks to sophistication and adaptability. JRF’s delivery of boutique furniture solutions coupled with Russell & George’s renowned design studio gives rise to a culmination of considerations that lend the Lil Chair its unique form.
With the desire to create a piece embodying flexibility, the Lil Chair is native in both dining and lounge environments. Generously cosy with curved arms that wrap around its inhabitants, it is at once compact and commodious, fitting easily into busy restaurants or confined apartment spaces without compromising the feeling of grandeur.
Imbued with an affable sense of soul, the Lil Chair’s plush seat is encircled by a floating backrest – wide and welcoming it beckons users to nestle in. Composed of two chubby elements, the ottoman and offset high back represent a pared geometric offering of the typical chair silhouette. Sculpturally striking, when seen straight on the piece appears broad and unified, while a side vantage of the Lil Chair reveals a playful optical illusion, the armrest seemingly hovering independently.
Featured in Melbourne CBD’s sophisticated à la carte destination, Society, the Lil Chair was conceived to accompany the restaurant’s interior, which was designed by Russell & George. Society is a 300-seat space, showcasing the Lil Chair’s elegant infusion of opulent taste, adaptable functionality and calming comfort.
Crafted to be affordable whilst expressing commercial-grade quality, the Lil Chair exists as a measured balance of JRF and Russell & George’s design principles. JRF Creative and Brand Director Georgia Danos reflected on the partnership, saying that “the collaboration was a dream! The culmination of JRF’s rich history and craftsmanship with Russell & George’s creative genius has given way to a piece that we are both so proud of.”
Personified in the piece is a nod to Melbourne’s ‘First Lady of Couture’ Lillian Wightman. The prototype was robed in leopard print fabric, reminiscent of the many animal skin rugs known to adorn the atelier of the Lil Chair’s namesake.
Effortlessly able to dress any space, the Lil Chair is customisable with an extensive offering of upholstery and steel finishing selections. Designed for the versatility of life, the Lil Chair is befitting of lavish banquets or for lazy Sundays curling up with a book.